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Co-rumination buffers the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adolescence
University of Greenwich, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling, London, United Kingdom.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9688-5805
2017 (English)In: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, ISSN 1753-2000, E-ISSN 1753-2000, Vol. 11, no 1, 41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: We examined whether co-rumination with online friends buffered the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms over time in a community sample.

Methods: In a sample of 526 participants (358 girls; M-age = 14.05) followed at three time points, we conducted a latent cross-lagged model with social anxiety, depressive symptoms, and co-rumination, controlling for friendship stability and friendship quality, and adding a latent interaction between social anxiety and co-rumination predicting depressive symptoms.

Results: Social anxiety predicted depressive symptoms, but no direct links between social anxiety and co-rumination emerged. Instead, co-rumination buffered the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms for adolescents with higher but not lower levels of social anxiety.

Conclusions: These findings indicate that co-rumination exerted a positive influence on interpersonal relationships by diminishing the influence from social anxiety on depressive symptoms over time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2017. Vol. 11, no 1, 41
Keyword [en]
Social anxiety, Depressive symptoms, Co-rumination, Online friends, Early adolescence
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Pediatrics Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-60596DOI: 10.1186/s13034-017-0179-yISI: 000408171900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027722465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-60596DiVA: diva2:1138461
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-1233 2009-1444
Available from: 2017-09-05 Created: 2017-09-05 Last updated: 2017-09-05Bibliographically approved

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